Female Empowerment

Practicing diversity and gender equality makes us better people!

The preferential treatment of one gender over another is still unfortunately a reality and experienced on a daily basis throughout the world. Together with the Volkswagen Group Works Council, a chance to play campaigns at the global level for gender equality in all countries in terms of mindset, perspectives and societal action. Sport can play an important role here in achieving equality on the global scale.

Personal stories

Three impressive examples from Brazil, South Africa and Germany.

Lindiwe Cezula grew up in humble conditions in a township in South Africa. Her dream: to be the first in her family to go to university. A dream that initially seemed to be unachievable owing to a lack of opportunities at school. However sport and, most importantly, netball offered Lindiwe scope for development beyond her challenging everyday life. Lindiwe’s sporting talent was discovered thanks to a development programme run by a local partner organisation United Through Sports. She received a scholarship, educational support and was able to take part in sports programmes. In 2014, she travelled to the street football world championships in Brazil. United Through Sports ultimately supported Lindiwe to apply for a university scholarship, and she graduated with a degree in politics and administrative science in 2019, making her childhood dream come true. Lindiwe now works as a ‘Sport & Youth Network Coordinator’ at United Through Sports, and supports other girls and young women along their path in life.